Today was another really good day! Mom ate a full serving of cream of wheat with fruit and half and half for breakfast and a good amount of beets and braised short ribs for lunch. This is hospital food, but the hospital is really great and has made a commitment to sourcing sustainable, local and/or organic foods whenever possible. I have to say, everything we get from room service is delicious. So I was very excited to hear about the short ribs-so nourishing!
This morning I had an acupuncture treatment with one of my amazing healers (I have a whole team-seriously, I am so high maintenance). We were talking about healing in general and he mused that we, especially as Westerns, do not appreciate the power of rest and nourishment. We do not hold rest anywhere near as sacred as treatment. And yet it's in the resting that we get stronger. This really resonated with me-watching Mom's progress in the last few weeks has been astounding, and I think it's due in large part to her making time for rest and nourishment. She has set her mind to eating calorie and nutrient dense food, more than her body wants, because she knows deep down it's what her body needs. She has enjoyed spending time with family and friends that has nourished her spirit and kept her laughing and enjoying her life as it is now. She has carved out time for deep naps, sleeping soundly for hours at a time and the fabulous nursing staff has respected that.
Today Mom had radiation, chemotherapy and physical therapy. She was a super star with all three-no nausea, no fatigue. She took a nap between treatments, which can't have hurt. She also had her ear checked out and the conclusion is that there's a bit of drainage from the chemo that's landing in her ear and causing irritation. Nothing that's damaging long term, just uncomfortable. Though she did say that having the scope put in her ear felt good-like an itch being scratched. So, we'll see if we can get her ears looked at at least a few times a day :-)
When I called tonight, there was a party in her room. There is practically always a party in her room. Every night I call around 7pm PST and I have a hard time getting a word in edgewise. There is always good food and laughter. People are drawn to her and she gets a lot out of her visitors. I can't wait to get back.